2023 may very well be one to recollect for Connor if one in all her final lifts of 2022 is any indication.
As is usually the case, there are positive to be ascending powerlifting stars and former unknowns who will rise to prominence in 2023. Although, one title that can possible soldier on as a mainstay is the prolific Heather Connor. Because the power dynamo appears forward to a different ideally productive 12 months, she capped 2022 in a way all too becoming of her distinctive skills.
On Dec. 31, 2022, Connor posted a video to her Instagram the place the athlete efficiently deadlifts 177.5 kilograms (391.3 kilos) uncooked for six reps. Based on a black bar caption in Connor’s clip, it’s a six-rep private file (PR).
Ending 2022 off sturdy. Interval.
Connor accomplished the PR pull from a sumo stance whereas using only a lifting belt.
A staggering PR deadlift is nothing new for Connor. It really follows her more and more rising priority as one of many powerlifting world’s premier energetic deadlifters.
Connor is the present Worldwide Powerlifting Federation (IPF) 47-kilogram uncooked deadlift World Report holder, with a large pull of 185 kilograms (407.8 kilos) from the 2022 IPF World Basic Powerlifting Championships. After a three-year absence from the tentpole worldwide powerlifting contest, that World Report deadlift helped Connor safe a second-place end to French phenom Tiffany Chapon.
Based on Open Powerlifting, Connor additionally possesses the all-time uncooked deadlift World Report deadlift within the 47-kilogram weight class. The athlete set that benchmark when she pulled 192.5 kilograms (424.4 kilos) on the 2021 USA Powerlifting Uncooked Nationals in a fourth-place efficiency.
A few of Connor’s latest non-competition deadlifts earlier than she went all out on New Yr’s Eve 2022 are additionally eye-opening. They could even tease inevitable continued greatness for a powerlifter that pushes the boundary with a loaded barbell in her fingers.
After displaying out on the 2022 IPF Worlds, Connor accomplished a deadlift double of 190 kilograms (418.9 kilos) in a mid-September 2022 coaching session — roughly 11 kilos greater than her present IPF World Report. Then, to not be outdone (by herself), in mid-November 2022, Connor deadlifted 202.5 kilograms (446 kilos). That pull was greater than 20 kilos over her file mark. Maybe most notably, it was her heaviest-ever pull — both in a sanctioned competitors or generally coaching.
A former two-time IPF World Champion (2017, 2019), it appears as if Connor is gearing up for an additional highly effective run in 2023. For one of many world’s true powerlifting fixtures, it’s going to very possible function an assortment of earth-shattering deadlifts within the coming weeks and months.
Featured picture: @heather.e.connor on Instagram